New Delhi, Nov 06: Incidents of stone pelting have reduced in Kashmir valley post April, claimed the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) of Kashmir on Monday.

Talking to news agency ANI, Ravideep Sahi, IG of CRPF said, “Incidents of stone pelting have reduced in 2017, particularly post April. It has reduced because there is no positive outcome of stone pelting and people have started realising it. Stone pelting at the encounter sites is a cause of concern.”

Earlier in July, the CRPF DG, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar had also claimed that stone-pelting incidents in valley reduced by half this year due to effective action by security forces.

Talking to Times of India, Bhatnagar had asserted that there were severeal factors which played vital role in this including a new strategy to deal with the mob, action taken by other agencies like NIA against separatists and people who provoke such incidents.

Meanwhile, Centre’s special representative for Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma has reached Srinagar for a five-day visit to the valley to initiate a dialogue with the stakeholders. Sharma is likely to stay in the Kashmir Valley for three days, followed by a two-day visit to the Jammu region.